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This two-day conference gathers a variety of stakeholders—lawyers, artists, designers, curators, experts in cultural studies, and arts enterprises—to promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the potentials and dynamics of intellectual property (IP) in protecting and developing the cultural industries in the Southeast Asia region. The conference looks, specifically, at the challenges and the relevance of evolving broad regional perspectives on the relation between the cultural industries and IP.

This discussion has become increasingly important in Southeast Asia to protect and promote cultural assets locally, regionally, and globally. Hence, IP protection in cultural industries is often thought of in terms of copyright ownership of contemporary creations and tied to specific cultural markets such as fine art or music. More specifically, the general account is that IP protection can facilitate and service asset ownership primarily in terms of new, or relatively new art, music, and choreographies. Against, or in addition to, this general account, this conference aims to highlight to what extent policy makers, academics, as well as members of the public and private sectors should instead take a broader perspective and include into the debate IP protection for traditional cultural identities, national heritage, and cultural expressions, while still balancing the protection of diversity and the concerns of vulnerable communities with stimulating creativity and innovation.

The importance and potential of IP protection in this context have been addressed before, but the scope and details of this protection are far from settled in practice. As culture is never static, how contemporaneity and tradition relate to one another in the common grounds of identities, discourses, aesthetics and creative industries remains a significant challenge. This conference looks specifically at the facilitation and impacts of IP in this regard.

In particular, experts in this conference bring a variety of perspectives to the role of IP protection to secure exclusive rights and facilitate global circulation of cultural products in cultural industries in Southeast Asia—both regarding new and traditional expressions and creations.  They will address questions such as: should IP protection be further introduced into the broad policies and management perspectives of all cultural industries? Should this also include those industries related primarily to the conservation and promotion of traditional heritage? Could IP protection assist in ensuring a more effective industry wide development with respect to the broadest set of cultural assets from the Southeast Asia region? And to what extent, artists and creators, and their managers, could use traditional channels as well as new platforms in media technology to promote cultural industries, and what is the role of IP in this context?

The conference comprises five sessions, namely, practical IP examples in cultural industries (intended at large, including culinary and artisanal-based industries), legal issues and cultural concerns, mapping the industries in Southeast Asia in relation to IP needs and development, cultural institutions and programmes, and economic development implications.


For the Bios of the Presenters, click HERE

For the Conference Program, click HERE


Public CPD Points - 10 points

This programme is an Accredited CPD Activity under the SILE’s CPD Scheme. Participants who wish to claim CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, participants are reminded to sign in on arrival and sign out at the conclusion of each day of the event in the manner required by the organiser. Participants must not be absent for each day of the event for more than 15 minutes. Participants who attend Day 1 and comply strictly with the Attendance Policy on that day may claim 4 Public CPD Points. Participants who attend Day 2 and comply strictly with the Attendance Policy on that day may claim 6 Public CPD Points. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy on any particular day of the event will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day. Please refer to for more information.


Please note that your photograph, audio-video or other recordings may be taken during the event for use by Singapore Management University in social media, promotional collaterals, event publicity, and other related purposes.


This Conference is organized by the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia and the Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University and the National Gallery Singapore.



The event is free, please register online.

To register for 1 Feb 2018 (Day 1), click HERE

To register for 2 Feb 2018 (Day 2), click HERE


Day 1 - 1 February 2018

National Gallery Singapore
Auditorium, 1 St Andrews Road
Singapore 178957

Day 2 - 2 February 2018 

SMU Administration Building
Level 4, Function room 4.1
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065


Day 1 - 1 February 2018 

1.00 p.m. –  1.45 p.m.:

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: 
Opening Remarks

2:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.:
Session I

4.00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.:
Tea Break

4:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.:
Session II

Day 2 - 2 February 2018 

8.30 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.:

9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.:
Session III

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: 
Tea Break

11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m:
Session IV

1.00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:

2:30 p.m.–  4:30 p.m.:
Session V

4:30 p.m.: End of Conference


10 points (provided SILE's CPD Attendance Policy is complied with)

Day 1: 4 Public CPD Points 

Day 2: 6 Public CPD Points


Intellectual Property Law, Art Law, Media and Entertainment Law


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